Nick Saban punted Lane Kiffin off his staff Monday and promoted a guy who was eating boogers last week to call Alabama’s plays in the national championship so you knew there were going to be some questions on Saban’s Tuesday teleconference.
It went about as well as you would imagine something going when Nick Saban is asked a bunch of questions on a topic he has no desire to discuss.
Look, this is a distraction for Alabama. It has certainly disrupted the team’s preparation for Clemson this week. How much will it impact the game next Monday night remains to be seen, but this is not a small story.
I admit, the booger eating joke about Steve Sarkisian was a cheap shot. It was low hanging fruit and I went for it. The fact is the guy knows how to coach. Were it not for some personal demons he would probably still be coaching at Southern Cal. That said, this is a guy who was not even an on the field coach until this week. His role was a consultant and all he did was offer tid bits in coaches meetings. Now you are asking the guy to run the entire offense. Yeah, Alabama is loaded with talent that makes coaching a bit easier, but still, that’s a tall order.
Alabama was going to have a challenge with Clemson’s defense, regardless of who was calling the plays. This makes it tougher. There will be some people that will claim that Clemson will now have to prepare for a different style of play caller now that Kiffin is out of the picture. That is true, but Alabama is still going to run the same offense. Sarkisian isn’t going to come in and change things drastically in less than a week.
It’s pretty clear that the Lane Kiffin saga is a distraction Nick Saban didn’t want or need.
Take a listen below as Saban gives an opening statement and then gets hit up with the Kiffin questions.
NICK SABAN PREVIEWS CLEMSON, TALKS ABOUT LANE KIFFIN